New Memoir Gives Readers Firsthand Perspective on World War II’s Dangers, Inertia and Humanity; Book by Robert Lynch, Published by Dog Ear Publishing
Author Robert Lynch is proud to announce the release of his memoir, A Letter Marked Free. Bob narrates the story of his years in WWII in the U.S. Army through original letters home to his family that have been condensed and blended together with official army records as they relate to various 3rd Infantry Division campaigns in Europe.
Bob’s 19-year-old voice starts off describing the new life that burst upon him in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that shattered the United States’ sense of security and policy of isolationism. After making the decision to enlist, he soon begins to fully understand the intense hardships a combat infantryman would have to endure.
In this Dog Ear Publishing published title, readers march right beside Bob during 350 days in frontline combat and many more days of training, experiencing with him the full meaning of comradeship, walking with death, saying goodbye to friends, and most importantly: the need to pray.
Beyond the devastation of WWII, A Letter Marked Free also details the victories. The author renders scenes such as the liberation of French towns by U.S. soldiers with townspeople pouring into the streets with cheers of thanksgiving and church bells ringing in exultation, as well as the end of the war and his return to civilian life, alive and in one piece.
“After the strike on Pearl Harbor, my friends and I knew the world would never be the same. Instead of sweating out the draft, I enlisted and prepared for combat because in my heart I believed tyranny could never be tolerated – it had to be obliterated. Besides, I was invincible!” recounts Bob. “After almost 70 years, I’m ready to share the letters I had written home to my family during the war that my mother saved. With my story, I hope to help those who love WWII’s service men and women better understand the sacrifices they made in the name of freedom.”
Lynch served in the 3rd Infantry Division as a combat rifleman, light machine-gunner and mortar man and accumulated 350 days in frontline combat, including first-wave amphibious assault landings in Italy and France. He was honored and commended for his heroics and meritorious achievements with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He also received the French Legion of Honor in January 2007 for his role in the liberation of France, the nation’s highest decoration for “outstanding valor and service during WWII.”
He is a lifetime member of American Legion Post 128 in Rye, NY, and a Chevalier of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor.
For more information, visit ALetterMarkedFree.com.
A Letter Marked Free Robert Lynch
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-419-9 216 pages $14.95 US
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